With a strong senior group in place, the Paradise Lady Panthers started two-a-day workouts this week with high expectations.
“I’ve got a good core group that has been with me a while,” head coach Susie Burt said. “The seniors have been fantastic leading the group, and walking them through drills.”
Paradise had 47 players report on the first day of workouts, including 22 freshmen. It was the biggest turnout in Burt’s tenure.
The overall good numbers will allow the Lady Panthers to field three teams with ease.
Burt said with the experience and talent coming in, they should be able to build on last year’s success. Paradise finished third in league play in 2012, before falling in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
“It was disappointing last year to lose in the first round of the playoffs,” she said. “This year they’ve already geared themselves up for higher expectations and are ready to go.”
It will be a difficult district once again with defending state champion Brock along with Peaster, Ponder, Boyd and Millsap.
“Our district is usually pretty tough, but what we’ve got coming back and what’s coming in, I think we are going to be great,” Burt said.
The Lady Panthers begin the season Saturday with a multi-team scrimmage at home.
“We’ve got several teams coming in to scrimmage,” Burt said. “We’re also going to scrimmage Class 4A Azle and see what we have against them.”
Paradise opens the regular season Tuesday when they host Chico.